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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Google unveiled Google Map Maker to Contribute and Edit Maps Data

Map Maker Today, Google unveiled Google Map Maker, a new product that allows users to contribute and edit Maps data for regions around the world.

People can use Google Map Maker to locate, draw, label and provide attributes for local map features. Tapping local knowledge has the potential to greatly improve the quality of mapping data in the developing world. The collection of data in these areas is often neglected - so Google is giving people with local knowledge access to an easy-to-use tool to better catalog their area.

Google Map Maker allows you add or edit features, such as roads, businesses, parks, schools and more. Using Google Map Maker tools, you can visually mark locations and add detailed information about these locations. Once you have submitted content, this information may be edited by other users or moderators. At a later time, this content may be published in Google Maps for others to see and use.

Google Map Maker will initially be available in 18 countries: the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago), Cyprus, Iceland, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

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